More To Say #28: Hop

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Hop is a 2011 American 3D Easter-themed live-action/computer-animated family comedy film from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, directed by Tim Hill and produced by Chris Meledandri and Michele Imperato Stabile. The film was released on April 1, 2011, in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Hop stars the voice of Russell Brand as E.B., the Easter Bunny (Hugh Laurie)’s son who’d rather drum in a band than be like his father, James Marsden as Fred O’Hare, a human who is out of work and wishes to become the next Easter Bunny himself; and the voice of Hank Azaria as Carlos, an evil chick who plots to take over the Easter organization.

Rarely, do we ever see a theatrical movie about other holidays than Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Halloween. We’ve had one movie about Valentine’s Day and now, one theatrical film about Easter. Sure, we’ve had dozen of TV specials about Easter, but never a theatrical movie about Easter until we got this six years ago.

This movie is fun for kids, it’s a flawed movie, but it’s fun for kids. The cast is mostly good especially Russell Brand as E.B. and Hank Azaria, most of the jokes are decent, nothing is laugh out loud funny but there are decent jokes, and the look of Easter Island is visually stunning and impressive.

However, there are big flaws. One, the story is predictable as all hell two, one of my biggest flaws of the film, they never explained how E.B. can poop candy. I thought to myself watching the trailer going, “If they do not explain how this rabbit can poop candy, I’m going to be so pissed.” They never explained it and brought the film down big time. You have those stupid awkward clichés and moments you’d expect for this, the live actors are the ones that struggle the most here, James Marsden, Gary Cole, Elizaberth Perkins, Kaley Cuoco, and Chelsea Handler are cringeworthy in this with some of the bad dialogue they are given.

Maybe my biggest flaw comes into the end of the movie, there’s this whole action sequence where Carlos takes over the island and becomes the new easter bunny, which means that he turns into this chick-bunny hybrid and it makes no sense at all like a lot of this movie.

I also refuse to believe that this came from Illumination Entertainment, this was only their second film and if you’ve seen their work, the animation does not look anything like Illumination usually does, not at all. The animation looks like Alvin & The Chipmunks, which appropriately this is directed by the guy who did the first Alvin & The Chipmunks live-action film, and Garfield, in fact, most of the animation is done by Rhythm & Hues, the bankrupt visual effects company that did the gorgeous effects for Life Of Pi, they did the visuals for this. What exactly did Illumination do? I guess they lent the writers from Despicable Me over to get this out in time for Easter but other than that, there is no indication that this was done by Illumination.

Bottom line, Hop is fun and decent for kids, it’s not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination but if you go into it expecting a good Easter film for kids, it’s fun. It certainly beats the hell out of The Santa Clause films, especially the sequels, which these films have to be based on.

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